New Principals Named For Winn Brook, Burbank Elementary

Photo: The Winn Brook Elementary School Two of Belmont’s four elementary schools will have new principals for the start of the 2020-21 school year starting in September, according to an email from Belmont Superintendent John Phelan. Anita Mecklenburg, an assistant principal and curriculum director in Norfolk, will become principal of the Winn Brook, and J. […]

Not Now: Belmont Schools Decline Virtual Classroom In Remote Learning Program

Photo: First slide in the Belmont School District’s overview of its Phase II remote learning program. While a sizable number of Belmont parents – in online message boards, text communications and emails – are pushing the school district to employ a more traditional teacher/students learning experience via a virtual classroom, it appears, for now, Belmont’s […]

Business Closed, Fined As Overtaxed Health Dept. Deals With COVID-19 Surge

Photo: Masks are now advised for use by all citizens. (Credit: CDC/ Debora Cartagena) A Belmont business was ordered closed and fined for violating the state’s non-essential business law as the town continues its efforts to steam the COVID-19 pandemic. Wesley Chin, director of the town’s Health Department, told the Select Board during its meeting […]

Letter To The Editor: Rash Remarks Due To A World Turned Upside Down

Photo: Belmont public school To the editor: I am a member of the Belmont Warrant Committee, a long time Town Meeting member and parent of three children who have been educated in the Belmont School system, two of whom have graduated in recent years. Last week at the Committee’s first meeting since the Coronavirus emergency, […]

With Census Underway, Belmont Push All Residents To Be Counted

Photo: US Census 2020 With nearly 58 percent of residents already checked in, Belmont town officials are eager to have those remaining citizens join their neighbors and be counted in the 2020 US Census. Belmont Assistant Town Administrator Jon Marshall is asking residents to take the time to fill out the census form whether it’s […]

Bag Your Trash To Help Out Those Who Take It Away

Photo: Waste Management truck Washing your hands, putting on a cloth mask and staying indoors; those are acts all people should be doing to protect themselves and others during this long pandemic. Add to that list one more thing: Bag your trash. That’s the advice coming from Waste Management, the town’s trash and recycling hauler. […]

First Death To COVID-19 In Belmont, Infected Cases Doubled In Three Days

Photo: Belmont Health Department The Belmont Health Department announced the first death of a Belmont resident related to COVID-19 in a press release dated Thursday, April 2. The victim was a resident at a long-term care facility in Belmont, said Wesley Chin, Belmont’s Health Department director. As of April 2, Belmont has 32 confirmed positive […]

Budget Bloodbath: Belmont Finances ‘Severely Impacted’ Due To COVID-19; Cuts In Basic Services, A Call For Layoffs, Furloughs

Photo: Patrice Garvin, Belmont Town Administrator It’s ugly. And it’s likely to get uglier. That’s the first impression of Belmont’s town finances after initial estimates of the impact on the current and next year’s budgets by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Town Administrator Patrice Garvin speaking before the Warrant Committee via video conference on April […]